Spain, FP2: Hamilton takes over at the top in practice for Spanish Grand Prix

Bottas 2nd, Leclerc 3rd


By Olivier Ferret

7 May 2021 - 16:07
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Lewis Hamilton topped the timesheet in second practice for the Spanish Grand Prix at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya beating Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas by over a tenth of a second as Max Verstappen finished in ninth place following an error during his qualifying simulation.

Bottas, the morning’s fastest man, set the early pace in the one-hour afternoon session, working his way to a time of 1:18.419, with Hamilton 0.042s slower than his team-mate, while Verstappen sat in third place3, three tenths off the pace.

The session was briefly slowed when a Virtual Safety Car was deployed after 10 minutes to allow marshals to clear a piece of bodywork that had become dislodged from Carlos Sainz’s Ferrari.

When the track went green again teams set about preparing for their qualifying simulations with Bottas getting down to 1:18.309 before Hamilton toppled him with lap of 1:18.170.

It was then Verstappen turn to bolt on soft tyres and after losing a small amount of ground to Hamilton opening sector the Dutchman then went wide on the entry to Turn 10 and as he tried to recover he got a snap of oversteer that sent him off track. He kept going but backed off in the final corners and finished in ninth thanks to his earlier lap on medium times.

With Verstappen down the order, third place in the session went to Charles Leclerc. The Ferrari driver was just 0.165s slower than Hamilton. Esteban Ocon took fourth place just ahead of team-mate Fernando Alonso on an encouraging afternoon for improving Alpine, while Pierre Gasly finished in P6 ahead of AlphaTauri team-mate Yuki Tsunoda.

Sainz was eighth for Ferrari ahead of Versatappen and the Dutch driver’s team-mate Sergio Pérez, finished in P10 as he too failed to complete his qualifying simulation. He ended the session 0.748s off Hamilton’s best time.

01 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes W12 1:18.170 32
02 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes W12 1:18.309 31
03 Charles Leclerc Ferrari SF21 1:18.335 28
04 Esteban Ocon Alpine Renault A521 1:18.466 29
05 Fernando Alonso Alpine Renault A521 1:18.518 30
06 Pierre Gasly AlphaTauri Honda AT02 1:18.593 32
07 Yuki Tsunoda AlphaTauri Honda AT02 1:18.619 30
08 Carlos Sainz Ferrari SF21 1:18.674 30
09 Max Verstappen Red Bull Honda RB16B 1:18.785 26
10 Sergio Pérez Red Bull Honda RB16B 1:18.918 23
11 Sebastian Vettel Aston Martin Mercedes AMR21 1:18.947 30
12 Lando Norris McLaren Mercedes MCL35M 1:19.092 28
13 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo Ferrari C41 1:19.122 29
14 Lance Stroll Aston Martin Mercedes AMR21 1:19.134 29
15 Daniel Ricciardo McLaren Mercedes MCL35M 1:19.195 28
16 Kimi Räikkönen Alfa Romeo Ferrari C41 1:19.213 30
17 George Russell Williams Mercedes FW43B 1:19.957 29
18 Nicholas Latifi Williams Mercedes FW43B 1:20.046 26
19 Mick Schumacher Haas Ferrari VF-21 1:20.326 30
20 Nikita Mazepin Haas Ferrari VF-21 1:20.753 27

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